In the Jewish Experience Center, our number one priority is to create an environment where children can connect with Judaism and Jewish peers in a memorable and meaningful way. We believe there is a sacred partnership between the JEC and each family and we look forward to working together, with you, to create opportunities for your child to develop both their our Jewish identity and an understanding of their place amongst the Jewish people.
Our kindergarten through seventh grade curriculum is framed by three core questions:
Students will explore these questions in a focused way, with kindergarten and first grade focusing on Jewish family, second and third grade focusing on personal identity and fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grade focusing on the broader Jewish community. As you can see, this lends itself to a developmentally appropriate progression, allowing students to start in their homes and expand outwards.
All of our programming is inspired by project-based learning. Project-based learning (PBL) is both a philosophy and a process that focuses on differentiated learning, real world connections and a depth of meaning making. Moreover, this gives this an organic way to incorporate a variety of topics into each year’s curriculum. We believe the range of content (rather than studying one topic for the majority of the year) will be more interesting for students and help them better understand and answer the core question for their grade. Additionally, the new curriculum will provide more opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s class.
We have also moved towards more flexible classroom spaces. Now, our classrooms will be filled with plush rugs, low tables and chairs and comfy cushions. We hope this space will be more inviting and cozy for students and give us greater range in how we can use the space creatively.
What we will do:
What you can do: